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Bruce Weinrod

Secretary

Bruce Weinrod has extensive U.S. foreign and national security policy experience and expertise. He was appointed by President George W. Bush as the (dual-hatted) Secretary of Defense Representative for Europe and Defense Advisor to the U.S. Mission to NATO and he served for a time as the Acting U.S. Ambassador to NATO. Among his many responsibilities were U.S. security policies relating to Europe, NATO, transatlantic relations and Afghanistan as well as relations with NATO partner nations in the Middle East and Asia. Previously, appointed by President George H.W. Bush, he was the Deputy Assistant of Defense for European and NATO policy where he helped formulate and implement U.S. transatlantic political-military and security policies after the end of the Cold War. He was the first U.S. Department of Defense official to visit the newly independent nations of Central Europe and initiated the first security cooperation programs with those nations.

He has served on Capitol Hill as a Senior Foreign Policy Advisor for two U.S. Senators. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan, he was twice confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a board member of the U.S. Institute of Peace. He was a Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center, a Senior Fellow at the National Defense University, and a Japan Fellow at the Japan Society based in Japan.

He is an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the American University School of International Service, and he has published widely on foreign policy and national security issues. In the private sector he is an international business advisor focusing on U.S. and foreign national security-related laws, regulations, and policies. A U.S. Army veteran, he holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University School of Law, and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.